On May 25, 1997, the democratically elected government in Sierra Leone was overthrown by a coalition of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) and the Revolutionary United Front (RUF). President Kabbah fled, exiled to Guinea. The civil war turned so cruel that it is unimaginable.
Most of the civilians of Sierra Leone found themselves hostage in this conflict. They are caught in a power struggle between the different factions involved in the fight for power and control of Sierra Leone’s natural resources, such as the diamond mines. The wealth from the resources in the country never reaches the civilians.
"Hinduism religion in India it’s one of the most popular religion with million of devotees. Every good Hindu, when a relative died, goes to Varanasi, the holiest city in India, to burn the dead body and put it bones into the Ganga river. The whole cremation it’s guided by the entire family of the dead body, who have to look completely shaved. In fact in my portrait I show only one member of the family ( daughter), whose having her shave off. I remember the eyes of this child who who were conveying sorrow and sadness cause by the recent lost and the brutality of the impatient hairdresser." (Photo and caption by Alessandro Iovino/National Geographic Photo Contest)
Cries in the Sauce Colony of San Pedro Sula,Honduras, for a shot in the street. San Pedro Sula is the most violent city of the world. (Photo and caption by Javier Arcenillas/National Geographic Photo Contest)
“One of the endemic ills of the Sierra Leone justice system is that inmates spend years awaiting trial and sentencing. In 2004, Abdul Karim Sesay was sent to Pademba Road Prison with thirteen years of age. At the end of 2010, he was still awaiting trial, accused for being a member of a gang involved in a murder. Abdul has not received any legal aid and does not know the status of his case.”
Crying Meri: Endemic Violence Against Women in Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea is one of few places in the world where violence against women is seen as normal. According to resent statistics from the PNG National Department of Health, 68% of women have experienced physical or sexual violence, one third were subjected to rape and 17% of sexual abuse involved girls between the ages 13 and 14.
Some qualitative surveys show that in some highland regions, almost all women (98%) report being sexually abused. One of the world’s leading humanitarian charities, Medicins Sans Frontieres, claim that they are dealing with levels normally only experienced in war zones.
“Each year hundreds of thousands of tons of electronic waste is moved from Europe and the USA into so-called third-world countries. A large proportion ends up in Ghana, where children search the garbage for recyclables. The slum ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’ surrounds the e-waste dump site in Accra, Ghana’s capital and port city. Children take apart the toxic electronic devices without any safety protection. The results are damage to health and environment. This story shows the impact of our uncontrollable, wasteful, extravagant lifestyles.”
According to the United Nations, 50 million tons of toxic e-waste is accumulated annually worldwide.